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Topic: Write something suitable for CHILDREN (05/31/07)
- TITLE: A Fear Challenge
By Amber Sa
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Which one? Well, if you were like me, then it would be the fish. Some of you may say, ‘ I eat that all the time. What’s so challenging about that?’
The whole experience with having fish for a meal takes courage. Going along with your parent to the smelly fish market, learning to pick out the freshest fish by looking at the inside of its red gills and glassy eyes, the cleaning and then the removing of all the non-eatable parts, which are the sharp pointy fins, tiny invisible scales, and yucky organs. But all of these are not as challenging as this, which is to eat it. Why? The most common reason is that you will find bones in it, no matter how carefully it was prepared, and the fear of it being stuck inside the throat.
The sensation of having the fishbone stuck in the throat is often uncomfortable, perhaps even painful. It causes coughing and wheezing which irritates the throat even more. There are all sorts of home remedies to help solve the problem. The most popular one is to swallow gobs of rice without chewing until it dislodges the fishbone. Another choice besides rice can be large pieces of bread dampen with water. The water makes the pieces of bread come together in order to swallow in one gulp. It also makes it heavy enough to slide down your throat catching the fishbone along the way. You can also suck on a lemon or drink vinegar. The acid will soften the bone and ease your discomfort. But these solutions seem to be a challenge by themselves.
Now with all that in mind, do you think you still have the guts to take on the challenge?
There is always more than one way to skin a cat, and in this case, eat a fish. There is a good table manner way. First look at the fish as an oval from the front. Unless you are eating with an Asian family or restaurant, its head should already been removed. Now, locate the fish’s spine in the middle. It looks like solid white circle with a thick line across. This continues to its tail. With your knife gently cut on the top of the fish to its tail following the center of the spine, and slide your knife under the meat to separate one side away from the bone. It should slide out easily. A soupspoon can do the trick too if you cannot handle a knife. And if it has fringe at its edge, you can cut that away too. After you finish eating it, then slide the other side out.
When the top is done, then it’s time to remove the spine out completely. This is when practicing good table manner is rewarded with fun of playing with your food. With your fork, gently hook at the front on the teeth of the spine; be careful not to break it. Then with your knife on the other hand, slide it under the skeleton and lift it. You’ll see that it pulls away from the meat below cleanly. Don’t forget to remove the fridges at the edge that may have tiny bones in it too. So all that is left is your delicious worry free fish to eat.
Wasn’t that fun? Now I’m sure you can’t wait to take on that challenge at your next meal of fish. And to you next challenge: eating the fish’s head.
Seven Fish Nutrition Facts
1. Fish oil is good for your heart; it helps keep your arteries healthy.
2. Fish has plenty of calcium from the fish bones that help makes strong bones.
3. Fish is low in fat for maintaining a healthy weight.
4. Fish is high in iodine, a mineral that is good for your thyroid function.
5. Fish is high in protein, good for building muscles.
6. Fish is a good source of vitamins A and D.
7. Fish is also high in potassium, phosphorus, iron, and zinc.
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